|Checking out the new visitors and looking for some love and attention|
|This Blue-and-yellow Macaw, taken from the wild, has the right idea as he swings near the misters on this very hot day|
Today's topic is a sensitive one for bird owners and birders. I had put up my photo essay on Facebook and had all kinds of responses. Obviously, it's different for each person and I would encourage you to add your opinions to the comments section below. This is just my opinion backed up by years of living with parrots and caring for them. It is one of the contributing factors today as to why I love birding so much. Today my parents still live with two Macaws and an African Grey. This post was inspired after our trip to the sanctuary. After seeing all the abandoned birds, watching several TV specials, reading reports, living the breeding captive parrot experience, and visiting with border patrol agents and other sanctuaries, I am ready to share my commentary on this uncomfortable topic.
|A Cockatiel decides to pick out my grey hairs and speed up that ever expanding bald spot|
|An Amazon parrot is very intelligent and has the ability to mimic human voice|
|My first documentation of Scarlet Macaws in the wild. Note how they fly in pairs. When one dies, the other will fly alone but stay with the flock. Taken in Costa Rica|
Today, I like to stop at various sanctuaries while visiting other countries for several reasons. One, I like to get the first hand reports/stories about why the animals/birds are there. Second, I don't mind giving a donation if it will help the organization out. And finally, it also allows me to study the wildlife up close. Who doesn't want to get close to a Spider Monkey or a Black Lory?
There is something very powerful and real about connecting with our wildlife. I am much more aware of the issues going on with illegal poaching, etc. I can read about it in a newspaper safely from my home or I can actually see the issues happening right in front of my face. In Southern Arizona along the US/Mexican border, birds, like parrots or eagles, are still smuggled across illegally. Often we tell US agents at the border about our birding treks in Sonora, Mexico.(because they generally ask us what we were doing down there) Then they share with us the stories about birds found on people crossing over to the US. An agent told us a story about a hawk hidden inside of a cardboard tube. They had to call in a local wildlife agency to deal with this very angry bird. By observing all this up close and personal, I feel something.
|A younger me before bed with my love bird Quetzali|
|Taken in 2011 in Boquete, Panama at a sanctuary. I love all critters....especially the ones with a little attitude:)|
|Azul and my mother pose for a Christmas card many years ago. And many years later, Azul is a cover model for pet magazines. He resides with my parents in Wisconsin.|
|What's going on over there?|
|Several Monk parrots share a couple secrets with me|
|I meet Ophelia, a Black Lory, and we fall in love. She gives the best kisses.|
|A Cactus Wren recently seen at my feeders-a new one for my yard list|
So what's the answer to this issue? I don't know because it's very complicated. But you can educate yourself before adopting a parrot. For a visit to the Oasis, give them a ring at 520-212-4737. A 10 dollar donation is suggested. So what say you? Do you own a parrot? Or should parrots be left alone in the wild? Here is a link with some thoughts by Jane Goodall.
Several wild parrots are featured on Wild Bird Wednesday! A great place to see these birds in their natural habitat. More epic outings to come....